I spent the morning/early afternoon at the Senior Services Board of Directors retreat. Typically I've approached these as a necessary part of my job but a real dent in my weekend. Today was surprisingly high energy and exciting -- certainly not a waste of my day. As I'm winding down and saying goodbyes to everyone at work, I realize how much I like the Board and will miss them as well.
One of the many lessons I've learned (ha) is to always embrace a locale and the people there as if I'm going to stay. I never really felt like I was going to stay in Seattle and hence didn't put as much effort as I should have to make friends and connect with people. As I look back at how I could have done my job better I realize that I would have been happier if I spent more of my time building relationships, instead of caving to my inner introvert. oh well. Yet it's those relationships that make me feel more connected and content-- something I felt today.